Ford introduced the “charged” crossover Puma STSeptember 24, 2020
Ford has unveiled a more powerful version of the Puma subcompact crossover. The new 2021 model year received the ST prefix in its name and is equipped with the same engine as the “charged” Fiesta ST.
Ford has unveiled a more powerful version of its smallest crossover, Puma. As the representatives of the brand said themselves, the novelty is essentially a powerful Fiesta ST hatchback, but with the addition of more ground clearance. Under the hood is a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with unused cylinder shutdown technology. The small but powerful EcoBoost motor produces 197 hp. (320 Nm). The Fiesta ST can boast of the same power.
The “charged” crossover gets the same six-speed manual transmission that helps the Puma ST accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.7 seconds, making it 0.2 seconds slower than the Fiesta due to the added weight. The top speed has also dropped from 232 to 220 km / h.
Apart from the upgraded engine, there are several other improvements over the regular version of the Puma crossover.
For example, the new ST is available with an optional mechanical limited slip differential, force vectoring springs and selectable Economy Drive models available for the first time on a Ford Performance model. In addition, the rear suspension is 40 percent stiffer than the Fiesta ST, while at the same time 50 percent stiffer than the regular Puma. Front and rear anti-roll bars help improve crossover stability.
Ford engineers also redesigned the steering system, making it nearly 25 percent faster than the stock Puma, and increased the front brakes by 17 percent to increase stopping power. Special attention has been paid to the exhaust system – a smooth design with active valves to make the exhaust sound more interesting. …
The charged crossover Ford Puma ST will be available for purchase only in Europe, and its serial production will be established at the Ford plant in Craiova, Romania.
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